It’s that time of year again Chicago baseball fans. The Crosstown Classic is back! This weekend, the Chicago Cubs and White Sox play the first three games of their six scheduled matchups this year, and it’s sure to be an exciting series since the rivalry games make up 10% of each team’s season. For the games scheduled this week, both teams face off at Wrigley Field. But once the end of September rolls around, the Cubs and the Sox play again at Guaranteed Rate Field. On top of all that, those September games are the last ones on each teams’ schedule. Talk about playoff importance.
A Brief Crosstown Classic History
Throughout the years of Major League Baseball history, the Cubs and Sox have faced off a total of 128 times. However, despite all those games, it’s still a close series. And surprisingly enough, the White Sox have the upper hand. In their historic rivalry the White Sox just barely edge out the Cubs with a record of 66-62. All but six of those games were played in the regular season. In fact, the two ball clubs only played against each other one time in the postseason. That happened way back in 1906, during the MLB World Series that year. The White Sox would go on to win that series in a surprising 4-2 upset. This turned out to be the Sox first World Series championship in team history. The Cubs shortly followed by winning their first just one year later. It would take another 100 years for both teams to make the playoffs in the same season.
Despite having the upper hand on the rivalry, the White Sox haven’t fared too well in recent years. The Cubs have held the Crosstown Cup since 2017, something that the White Sox will hope to regain this season. That all starts with this weekend.
The Battle For The 2020 Crosstown Cup
This year’s Crosstown Classic has plenty of opportunities to be one of the best ones yet. On one hand, you have the Chicago Cubs. This team is built to win now and has been for quite some time. On top of that, if they can win five of their six games against the Sox this year, then they’ll gain the lead in the rivalry. On the other hand, there’s the Chicago White Sox. This southside squad has shown us that last season was no joke. Plus, after all of the moves they made in the offseason, they’re definitely looking to take it to the next level. If they can manage to walk away with four wins against the Cubs they’ll manage to steal the Crosstown Cup back for the first time since 2016. If the White Sox manage to do that, there definitely won’t be any question as to who Chicago’s best ballclub is.
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The Crosstown Classic matchup is set for six games between Chicago Cubs and White Sox this year. The first set of games will be played at Wrigley Field from August 21-23. The next three games occur at the end of the season at Guaranteed Rate Field from September 25-27.
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